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A former Pittsfield officer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the police union account he was entrusted to manage.

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Black bears are active again with warmer weather, and New York officials are warning people not to attract them with food left outside.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached a $540,000 settlement with a Virginia-based retailer and financing firm that fraudulently charged hundreds of military members.

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The University of Massachusetts is responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was held against her will by members of the men's basketball staff.

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New York state police say a man is dead after he fled a traffic stop and drove off a boat launch ramp into the Hudson River.

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Winter isn't finished with the Northeast yet. A powerful storm with high winds and up to a foot of snow is expected to hit the region this week.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

The U.S. attorney in Manhattan is not commenting after he was on a list of prosecutors asked to submit resignation letters.

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New York's three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

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One of the Lake Champlain ferry crossings between Vermont and New York is closed due to high winds.

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A New Jersey judge has turned down an appeal by two former aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie of their convictions in a plot to cause traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.

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Control of Connecticut's Senate may be at stake in Tuesday's special elections. There's currently an even number of Republicans and Democrats, with two open seats.

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Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman are throwing support to legislation that would require Connecticut to join a group of states wanting to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

UConn Health's hospital tower that opened in 2016.
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UConn Health plans to shut down its fire department and paramedic services due to financial pressures.

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School districts in Albany and Rochester are getting financial help to reach young people who are neither working nor in school.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a "copy" or "duplicate" weapon under the state's assault weapons ban.

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Legal pot is back on the table in Vermont.

After a legalization bill that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's system failed last year, a new bill would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana and allow Vermonters to grow several plants for personal use.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is among several new performers who have been added to Tanglewood's popular artist series this summer.

A well-known western Massachusetts blogger has been killed in a head-on crash.

The Republican reports that the Northwestern District Attorney's Office confirmed Saturday that Larry Kelley, 62, was killed on Route 9 in Belchertown at about 2:45 p.m. Friday.

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Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Governor Dannel Malloy says the XL Center still needs to be either overhauled or closed.

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A state report estimates that opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose for a sixth consecutive year and that fentanyl is playing a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities.

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The parents of two special needs children left unattended on a school bus in North Adams, Massachusetts last year have sued the city's schools and Mayor Richard Alcombright.

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The new secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is hosting forums around the state in February and March to hear about Vermonters' experiences interacting with the agency.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has visited Muslims in Yonkers and told them "You are welcome here."

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his new budget proposal would significantly change the state's formula for funding local education to allow more aid to get to the neediest communities.

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Connecticut and Hartford leaders say they're concerned healthcare insurance giant Aetna might downsize or relocate its corporate headquarters from Hartford to Boston.

A federal appeals court has denied the Justice Department's request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump's ban on accepting certain travelers and all refugees.

Connecticut State Police are warning against drunken driving and betting in bars this Super Bowl Sunday.

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Protesters in Connecticut temporarily shut down a highway, delaying an ambulance that was on the road and forcing workers to perform an emergency medical procedure on a patient.

An administration official says President Donald Trump's nominee for Army secretary, Vincent Viola, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
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The executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party says federal officials have ended a criminal investigation into fundraising for Governor Dannel Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign.

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